Rosewood Fanning is an arts organization that was established as a not-for-profit in New York State on April 15, 2016. We are a 501(c) 3 charity registered with the New York State Charities Registration Bureau # 46-72-49. Our prominent production is competition for pianists and other musicians. Rosewood Fanning is based in Schenectady, New York.

We believe our Competition Events provide an innovative improvisation on an old tradition, the musical contest. Rosewood Fanning intends to enhance the existing field with novelty, interesting challenges and offer a variety of opportunities for pianists and other musicians.

  • Musician’s choice of composer and composition (within prescribed musical eras and repertoire for each event)
  • Advanced pianists of any age under 30 years may apply
  • Amateur, Semi-professional or professional musicians are welcome to compete
  • Creation of a unique competition limited to permanently arm/ hand impaired pianists with no age requirement
  • Finalists will participate in person for one day of Final Competition in each category named
  • Qualifying round(s) on the Rosewood Fanning YouTube Channel
  • No geographical restrictions
  • Memorization not required or weighted (page turners provided)
  • Any musicians in a tie situation for any prize will receive the full award
  • Bonus for up to 3 female finalists of promise, who do not place on the final Competition Day
  • Nominal application fee
  • Progress to the Rosewood Fanning prize for the one pianist in The Capriccio Competition placing first in all 3 categories as a solo performer, accompanist and member of an ensemble (as Competition Evolves / may combine subsequent years and/ or in conjunction utilizing our YouTube Channel events) o Simultaneous solo competition for the other instrument(s) for their own award when participating in the Rosewood Fanning Prize
  • Bonus for musicians who place in subsequent years at the Finals
  • Future expansion to have competition for twin piano, four handed piano, beginning or intermediate arm/ hand impaired pianists and other instruments such as the harp
  • Competition surveys by participants and musicians to shape future events

”The Capriccio” (pronounced Kah-preet-she-oh) Competition Event is for musicians ages 16-under 30.

“The Franchezza” (pronounced Fron-ket-zah) Competition Event is for pianists under 16 years of age.

For those pianists of any age with a permanent arm/hand impairment due to any condition, we created a unique competition named “The Brioso” (pronounced Bree-oh-zoh). However, Brioso competitors are not prohibited from entering either the Capriccio or Franchezza simultaneously or independently. Arm/ hand impaired pianists are not required to compete in The Brioso.

There are more detailed descriptions on the individual events in The Competitions drop-down menu.



For students, a recommendation from the musician’s music teacher will be required. For those musicians who no longer have music teachers, provide a reference with your application, which could be a former music teacher. See Application Page for more detail and Competition Specific drop-downs. For professionals and adult amateurs, please attach a resume with your application. 

Geographical Requirement

There is no geographical requirement. All musicians are welcome to apply regardless of where they live or attend educational institutions.

Competition Fees

There will be a one-time applicant fee in order to participate in the competition event(s). 


Rules of Competition Repertoire, Musical Eras, Selections for the Finals in the Capital District, Video Recordings for Qualifying Rounds and Adjudication can be found in more detail in the drop-down on this Page.

Reading Music and Memorizing

Musicians will decide how they want to compete. Musicians at their discretion may read sheet music during the video recording and at the Finals in the Capital Region. Those musicians, who feel that memorization is important for their future endeavors or have a preference, may compete without sheet music. Judges will not factor memorization into scoring.

Video Recording

Each competitor must submit a video recording. It does not need to be a professional video recording. Our preference is one sitting as required by the Finals in Capital Region.

For more information, visit the Application Page.


Detail on the Event page.

Finals in the Capital Region

It is anticipated 10 pianists will be selected in each of the identified Competitions Events. Rosewood Fanning reserves the right to cancel or modify any competition event due to lack of qualified candidates.

The Competition on Saturday and the Competition Winners’ recital on Sunday are open to the public free of charge.


Rosewood Fanning will Wait-List qualified musicians for each Competition Event as scheduled. Musicians will be notified if they are Wait-Listed once competition decisions are made. Candidates for the Wait-List will be requested to advise Rosewood Fanning of their interest in being on a Wait-List when chosen. There is no obligation to attend the next level of competition by accepting being on the Wait-List. Rosewood Fanning will give Wait-List musicians as much advanced notice as possible if someone selected cannot participate. Declinations will not jeopardize future participation in our competitions.

Prize Money

  • Capriccio: First Prize = $2,500; Second Prize = $2,000; Third Prize = $1,500
  • Franchezza: First Prize = $1,500; Second Prize = $ 1,000
  • Valentine Award: Up to 3 females “of promise”, who have not placed in the above prizes, may be rewarded $500 each.

If there is a tie for any place, each pianist will receive the full amount of that prize. However, jurors reserve the right not to award any prize. Decisions of the jurors are final.


Finalists who do not place will receive up to $200 at the Competition to help them cover transportation expenses. Rosewood Fanning will provide room accommodations for the Competition weekend (Fri-Sun as needed). Arrangements need to be made with Rosewood Fanning upon acceptance.

Encouraging Women in Music

Our inspiration for Rosewood Fanning was a female pianist, Frieda Belott Pierone. Advanced at age 13, music framed her life. Frieda’s desire was to become a full-time professional career pianist. We wanted to recognize female talent participating in our Finals with a special prize, The Valentine. (“My Funny Valentine” was Frieda’s favorite song.) Up to 3 Valentine prizes will be awarded for female musicians not winning any prize money, but whose performance showed promising musicianship. Winners of the Valentine Award may play entrance and exit music for either recital on Sunday.

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